Component shortages have ensured that third-quarter global smartphone shipments would fall, with the technology analyst firm Canalys reporting a drop of 6% for the three months ending in September, according to preliminary figures issued on Friday. The second quarter had witnessed a drop of 20.4%.
South Korean smartphone maker Samsung has regained the top spot in global shipments in the third quarter of the calendar year, after falling behind Chinese vendor Huawei in the second quarter, according to technology analyst firms Canalys, Counterpoint Research and IDC.
Global 5G smartphone shipments in 2020 will reach 278 million units in 2020, with 62% of these being in Greater China - mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan - followed by North America and Europe and the Middle East, the technology analyst firm Canalys says, adding that the overall smartphone volume to drop to 1.3 billion units, a drop of 10.7% year-on-year.
Global shipments of tablets reached 37.5 million units in the second quarter of 2020, a rise of 26% despite the ongoing pandemic, the technology analyst firm Canalys reports, adding that demand came from home users and office workers who needed access to basic computing power and larger screens in order to work from home or else to learn or entertain themselves.
Despite the US taking steps to try and curtail its business, Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies has overtaken South Korean conglomerate Samsung Electronics to become the world's biggest in smartphone shipments for the first time, in the second quarter of 2020.
After two years of declines, global smartphone shipments increased in the third quarter of 2019, growing by 1%, as Samsung shipped 78.9 million units, an increase of 11% year-on-year which showed that its strategy of giving up operating profit for market share had worked.
Global smartphone shipments for the first quarter of 2019 showed a drop of 6.8% year-on-year, marking a sixth consecutive quarter of declines, the analyst firm Canalys says, adding that the total number of units shipped, 313.9 million, was the lowest in nearly five years.
More vendors are expected to come up with foldable smartphones in the wake of the release of the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X, but the analyst firm Canalys does not expect more than two million devices to ship this year.
Chinese smartphone companies increased their share of the European market in 2018 even as the total shipments to Europe for the calendar year fell 4% to 197 million units.
Apple overtook Samsung in the final quarter of 2018, shipping 71.7 million iPhones to become the top smartphone vendor for the period, with Huawei, OPPO and Xiaomi making up the top five for Q4 2018, the analyst firm Canalys claims.
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